Ackerman, Elliot. PLACES AND NAMES: ON WAR, REVOLUTION, AND RETURNING. New York City, NY: Penguin Press, 2019. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 235 pages. Fine/Fine.

Memoir-account on subject. One of the most important books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Elliot Ackerman's "Places And Names: On War, Revolution, And Returning". The best book on America's recent imperial wars written thus far, a "work of remarkable atmospheric pressurization". "Shares vivid and powerful stories of his own experiences in combat, culminating in the events of the Second Battle of Fallujah, the most intense urban combat for the Marines since Hue in Vietnam, where Ackerman's actions leading a rifle platoon saw him awarded the Silver Star. He weaves these stories into the latticework of a masterful larger reckoning with contemporary geopolitics through his vantage as a journalist in Istanbul and with the human extremes of both bravery and horror. At once an intensely personal story about the terrible lure of combat and a brilliant meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of strife for America, the region, and the world, 'Places And Names' bids fair to take its place among our greatest books about modern war" (Publisher's blurb). "Recalls Michael Herr's classic 'Dispatches' as well as William T. Vollmann's voluminous ruminations on violence in 'Rising Up And Rising Down', and is perhaps the finest writing about the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts that has been published to date" (Booklist). An absolute "must-have" title for Elliot Ackerman collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (shortly after publication) in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "July 10th, 2019 NYC Elliot Ackerman". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed, placed, and post-publication dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Finalist of the National Book Award in 2017 for "Dark At The Crossing". One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELLIOT ACKERMAN AND PHIL KLAY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0525559965. $50.00

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